Daisy Ridley and Rian Johnson discuss Rey’s past in The Last Jedi


Rey herself, Daisy Ridley, along with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, discuss Rey’s past and its importance…

In the trailer for The Force Awakens, the narration of “who are you?” is voiced over in a shot of Rey. We were never given that answer in that film, but we hope to find out more when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters this December.

Entertainment Weekly’s Star Wars correspondent Anthony Breznican talked to Rian Johnson, writer and director of The Last Jedi, and learned that while we will learn more about what Luke Skywalker is doing on Ahch-To in the first place, we’ll also learn more about Rey’s past.

"I think it’s important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this? What’s going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer’s not in the past; it’s looking forward."

That’s important to remember, as Rey doesn’t know how Luke Skywalker will react as she hands him his old lightsaber. He’s a Jedi hero from the Rebellion, and that’s all she really knows. Johnson says Rey’s past is still important to her.

"I think she still holds onto the thought that where she comes from will help define where she’s going."

That seems to be a thought held by Luke Skywalker, when he learned the identity of his father. In fact, it seemed that Luke couldn’t progress as a Jedi until he has defeated his father. Will Rey have to deal with the demons of her past before she can progress in her training as a Force wielder?

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Rey (Daisy Ridley)

Daisy Ridley — who plays fan-favorite Rey — feels that her character’s past is also important, but that it won’t affect who she become:

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Whether Rey is a Skywalker, a Kenobi, or someone with no ties to anyone we know, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is the character and her progression as the films move forward. Ridley says Rey is going to find the answers she’s been looking for but that it won’t affect who she wants to be.

"Yes, it would potentially change her mind, or at least give her a little bit more peace in moving forward. But ultimately what’s coming is coming, and whatever abilities she has are there."

Ridley also revealed that the lines between being a good guy or a bad guy will start to blur, in The Last Jedi.

"There’s always room for bad people to make good decisions and vice versa. Again, that could be nothing to do with your parents and it could be everything to do with your parents."

Sounds like Ridley could literally be talking about any of our new heroes…or villains.

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We’ll find out more about Rey’s origins when The Last Jedi is released in theaters starting December 15th, 2017.